Baby Shopping & Baby Registry

The first time we ventured into a Babies R Us, I felt completely overwhelmed. It seemed like they had 500 different models of every conceivable baby product, many of which I’d never even thought about ever needing. Everywhere you look, it’s just baby things stacked up ten feet high:

Product selection in a randomly-chosen aisle at Babies R Us.

Granted, there are a lot of products that probably aren’t necessary. (The video baby monitors with full-color flat-screen displays come to mind.) But the registry desk at Babies R Us helpfully gave us a checklist of essential baby products, which I think was pretty similar to this baby products list on BabyCenter. Then they gave us one of those barcode scanning guns so we could go around the store scanning things into our baby registry.

Barcode scanner for adding items to the baby registry.

Going through the store this way seemed to take a really long time, possibly because we were wracked with indecision about every item on the list and often ended up looking up reviews on Joe’s smartphone before deciding which one to scan. Several hours and two separate scanning sessions later, we managed to come up with a registry list that doesn’t even include any baby clothes… but I suppose that’s something.

In other news, we’ve been busily working on the nursery. After last weekend’s unproductive crib ordeal with Target, this weekend we actually managed to get our replacement crib (a different brand from a different store) all put together. The nursery is looking much more like a nursery now — details and pictures coming soon!


  1. You can get plenty of nice and inexpensive baby clothes at thrift stores. Most of them are brand new with tags. Once upon a child is also a great place for gently used baby clothes. People will almost always end up getting you tons of cute little outfits at the shower as well…ESPECIALLY when you are having a little girl. Congrats again, guys.

  2. Thanks, and thanks for the tip! It does make sense to look for used clothing, since I hear they grow out of everything super fast in the early stages. So with that in mind maybe our registry progress is better than I’d given it credit for. :)

  3. Hi! I was going to suggest used clothes as well, but I wasn’t sure how you felt about that. And, yes, they do grow out of them incredibly fast at first, which is why you can find clothes with tags at the thrift store. What you really need the most of is diapers, Onesies, bibs, socks, baby wipes, and diaper rash ointment. People tend to overlook that stuff, but the more of it you have on hand, the better. Don’t you love Babies R Us? I used to go there when Hayley and Alex were small because there was (and I think still is) one in Mobile which is where I lived back then (I moved there for college). I can’t wait to see the nursery, either!

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